Tolleson Union High School District

The Tolleson Union High School District governing board voted July 28 to delay in-person lessons until Oct. 9.

TUHSD started online teaching Aug. 4.

In a July 29 letter to parents, Nora Gutierrez, the district superintendent, noted that Gov. Doug Ducey ordered schools not to open classrooms until Aug. 17 but gave districts options about when to open thereafter.

The TUHSD governing board “voted to delay in-person student learning through the first quarter of the school year,” Gutierrez wrote. “This means that online learning will begin on the first day of school for all TUHSD students, Aug. 4, and continue until Oct. 9.

“The governing board made this decision with the well-being and health of our students and staff members in mind and in response to Gov. Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 issued on July 23.”

The district’s schools include Copper Canyon, La Joya Community, Sierra Linda, Tolleson Union, University, West Point and Westview high schools.   

 “TUHSD wants nothing more than to be able to serve our students in-person as soon as possible, but we also need to make sure that it is done without compromising the health of our students and staff members,” Gutierrez wrote.

 “We will monitor closely and carefully all health benchmark data presented by county health officials in the coming weeks and months and use this information to determine further courses of action.”

 She added that laptops are available from the district. “Meal packs and home delivery of meals will be starting soon,” she said.

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